Britain's best outdoor and working museums

As the weather warms up, Victoria Jones guides you through some of the best UK outdoor museums

Published: April 6th, 2010 at 7:19 am

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The Black Country Living Museum
The Black Country was once the industrial heart of Britain, and this museum recreates this with buildings, costumed demonstrators and a collection of over 40,000 historic items.

St Fagans National History Museum Cardiff
Set on 100 acres, St Fagans takes you on a journey through the way we used to live up until present day in more than 40 re-erected original buildings. St Fagans Castle and gardens are a particular delight, and you can get involved in their regular workshops.

Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
Showing you just what northern living was like at the turn of the 19th century, Beamish is a working museum where history is brought to life in over 300 acres of countryside

Chiltern Open Air Museum
The 45-acre site has over 30 historic buildings, and regularly features family workshops where you can make suncatchers, candles and toys. Take a look at the way we lived in times gone by, and visit the traditional working farm or take a walk in the woodland.


Big Pit National Coal Museum
A real coal mine, Big Pit shows you just what life was like as a coal miner in south Wales. Take the tour and go 300 feet down the mineshaft, complete with your very own cap lamp.



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